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October 18, 2017 / Heather

Not Gone

I have not abandoned my blog!

I’ve just been busy with things. Like cleaning. And we got a new kitten. 

Earl Grey. He’s adorable.

I’ve also been trying to read and plan for NaNo and dealing with wedding things and figuring things out at work and there’s a lot going on. I’m currently obsessed with trying to finish reading this book of poems by Rupi Kaur The sun and her flowers. She’s a brilliant poet.

Seriously when I say brilliant I mean it. Most poetry books I scoff at because they’re not good and I wonder how anyone can connect with the works but Kaur’s writing is another matter entirely. She makes me feel like my writing is extremely lacking which is good for me because it gives me something to aim for with it.

I have a massive pile of books to read because Harlan Cohen, Stephen King (with Owen King), Rupi Kaur, and Dan Brown ALL had books come out within the same 2 week period. And I also went to a bookstore within that timeframe and I’m dying because I bought a bunch of books that were on clearance and add to it my membership discount I saved a lot. TWO OF THESE BOOKS ARE FOR REFERENCE I SWEAR!!! Seriously, ones a first aid book and the other is a copy of On Writing by Stephen King which I’ve read before but I can’t find my original copy and I also bought The Fireman by Joe Hill which I’ve read before and did not own as well as some other books that have been on my radar for a while but I keep forgetting about until I see them in library collections when I don’t have time to read. There was also a library book sale last week.

I have three countdown going. Wedding, until a family member arrives, and until a friend arrives. I’m super thrilled because now when I look at my planner I don’t just panic, I get super excited.

Alright! Well, I have things to do today and need to get started on those things! I have already cuddled and played with the kitten Earl Grey for a while, but I have many things to do. Peace everyone.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

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September 28, 2017 / Heather

My Anxiety

This might be something I’ve talked about before, if so please bear with me or go ahead and skim the post for other things.

As someone who started college as a psychology major I spent a fair but of time researching things and I even read the DSM-IV for fun at one point. I still love psychology today, but it’s not my life path now. Years after I’d been out of classes I was doing more research and found that I might have self-diagnosed anxiety.

Whether you do or don’t have an anxiety disorder you have likely had anxiety about something before at some point in your life. There are fantastic ways to cope. For me, meditation and music are the biggest things. This is the bachelorette party weekend which for me is basically just hanging out and partying with friends. A friend asked me to call when I got the chance and I was the only one up so I called. We talked about the wedding registry and how I needed to add more to it.

For those who haven’t done a registry before it’s crazy easy through certain apps. Which takes a lot of stress off. What does not take stress and anxiety away is the fact that it shows you how many days are left. It’s hard to imagine it happening so soon for me. And then adding more to the registry brings up some anxiety about the cost of items or if there’s too much or not enough on the list.
I added things. I took a selfie when I smiled remembering that a good friend is planning on coming here for that weekend and I can’t stop smilingnwhen I think that both this friend and an uncle of mine are basically traveling across the country to come visit and be here for this. I love both these guys dearly and I’m beyond excited and eager to see them.

The other thing that helps me calm down is scent. I’m not talking things like bath bombs or aromatherapy oils. Just normal scents that mean something to me. Every year at the fair for several years now I get leather bracelets. I love watching the man stamp the names and symbols in and I love the smell of the bracelets. It’s calming for me. Deeply calming.

I am planning on doing NaNoWriMo again this year. I finished edits for Unexpected Moments on time happily. I feel relieved about it but also feel there’s a lot I could add to the story. I did add more things and removed some elements and I’m pleased with that. I realized there were parts that were not going to work and I accepted this is the journey my characters are taking for themselves.

I’m looking forward to fresh characters for NaNoWriMo and I’m eager to hear about the projects friends and readers are going to be working on or are working on right now. This is my favorite time of year.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

September 20, 2017 / Heather

Seeing Dawn

As much as I wish I could say this post is about seeing some old friend named Dawn I can’t.

No, this post is about the time of day (morning) called dawn before the sun comes up or right after the sun comes up. I’m too lazy at this exact moment to look up the definition so we’re gonna call it the time right around the sun coming up.

Which I see multiple days a week.

Here’s your periodic peek into my life:

On the average day when Catfish works we get up around 5 or a little after. Because my best friend works night shift and usually gets off work when he goes in I sit around and wait and usually talk with her for a while. So if I don’t see the sun come up while I’m talking with her usually it’s when I’m either on my way home or on my way back to bed.

Some mornings if I’m really lucky I’m in a meeting when the sun comes up or just after.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the sunrise. I think it’s beautiful. But it’s not for me. If I had a choice I’d much rather watch the sunset every night than watch it rise half the week. Part of this is because I don’t want to hear the birds chirping. I’d rather hear things like coyote or wolves howling at the moon or even a dog howling at it.

That’s your current little peek into my life.

As far as writing goes I’m on schedule to finish this week. Actually once I finish drafting this post today (Tuesday) to go out tomorrow (Wednesday) I’ll be working on finishing the story. I’m on page 129 of 135 so with 7 pages left I only have half of what I would normally work on because I tried to work in chunks of 15 pages.

Other things I need to get done today:

  • Cut invitations to proper size
  • Get invitations ready to hand out or mail
  • Work
  • Go to writing group tonight (omg YAYYYY)
  • Remember to finally add more artists to my Amazon Music library
  • Anything else that I can get done that’s wedding related on a list that I have in a notebook in my purse that I’m too lazy to dig out at this particular moment.
  • Start plotting for NaNoWriMo

On a side note, I’m rather pleased with myself not only for keeping up with an editing schedule, but for remembering to draft posts and get posts out on a regular schedule here. Peace everyone.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

September 13, 2017 / Heather

*Headdesk*

Honestly, as I’m writing this I don’t feel super well. I’m not sick and I’m not in pain, I just don’t feel too well. Something feels off is all. I’m debating a lot of things and there’s a lot on my mind.

Anywho.

It.

IT.

OMG IT!!!!!

Saturday was dress alterations step 1, and Saturday night was It.

There were 4 of us who saw it together and I’m impressed. I love the original. I love the book. I had high hopes for this movie and it did NOT disappoint me.

I’m purposefully leaving information out here, but let’s leave it at this:

The movie holds up well to the book and the original movie. The only thing that bothered me is that it IS a 2-parter (at least) and was not mentioned or advertised as such. I should have guessed, honestly, because the previews and trailers only showed the kids. Now my friends and I are eagerly awaiting for the next part and we’re curious to see who is cast as the adults. I’m so bloody thrilled for it though. My best friend and I are thinking it’ll be a year before the next part comes out. It should only be a 2-part movie, but we’ll see. I’m super friggen stoked in any case.

I feel like I’m falling asleep on my feet here folks. I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know if it’s the weather (though I’m looking forward to Wednesday because the weather is supposed to be nice and cool, coldest day this week and I love cool, crisp, Fall weather).

If you get a chance and you’re a fan of horror, go see It. Do yourself a favor and read the book though, too. The audiobook is long, but it’s SO good. I’m really debating re-listening to it now. I wanted to read it again before I saw the movie, but I didn’t have NEARLY enough time to do such a thing.

Peace.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

September 6, 2017 / Heather

Progress, & Deadlines, & Plots (Oh my!)

I would really like to take a minute to appreciate my own title humor. If you’re not familiar with it then I wonder how old you are. Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my is the joke.

Anywho!

Progress: My workplace was closed on Saturday for the Labor Day holiday/weekend/there was a festival there that maes traffic crazy. So I was at my local library working on Unexpected Moments. I had already met my progress for the week with it, but wanted to get ahead while I could. While sitting there at the library I was able to get this weeks scheduled work done. So I haven’t made any progress on it this week. I’m actually writing this post before I’m going to post it which usually I draft it the day before or maybe a couple of days before. So kind of behind and kind of not. I’m just excited that I got as far as I did on Saturday.

Deadline: People who do any project of any sort LOVE the d-word. We absolutely love it. That was sarcasm. Truth? My deadline for getting the edits for this novel (Unexpected Moments) is a self-imposed deadline, so I actually do love it. There is no consequence except guilt to myself and guilt that I feel like I’ve let people down who are expecting me to be on top of things. My readers? Future readers? I dunno… So I’ve been talking on Twitter aboit my progress. X number of pages done or whatever. So the story is short. Ony 134 pieces to the actual story, but there are 135 pages.  At least that’s what it is while I’m working on these edits. It may or may not stay in that format when I do something else with it. Who knows. I sure as heck don’t know right now! (If you know please let me know because I would really like to know.) This week I was supposed to get through page 105. I am currently at page 111 because I worked ahead. So as I said in the previous paragraph I’m done with the work for this week already. I may or may not decide to work ahead further this week. I have not decided yet. I should keep working, but I might take the time to relax and bask in how far I’ve made it right now. End of next week I have a goal of getting through page 120. Then only the last 15 pages getting me through to the end at page 135. Then my writing life becomes ALL about that lovely event that happens in November. NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

Plots: I am in the process of trying to start plotting my novel for NaNoWriMo 2017 already.  It gives me something more to flesh out once I finish this round of edits and while I’m not working on edits I can plan and brainstorm and maybe plot a little. That’s the trick to NaNo. Finding your own rhythm for plotting and planning if you’re even into that. I am. This NaNo will be a little harder for me because I will be doing another story-in-verse. I have high hopes for NaNo this year for myself. Catfish and I are working on a new desk layout for me so that should prove interesting. I’m curious to see what crazy idea he comes up with. What crazy ideas we come up with.

Peace everyone.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

 

August 30, 2017 / Heather

Pain… Hurrah…

Just a short post this time around. An update on Unexpected Moments will be at the bottom.

I’ve been dealing with some back pain lately. Catfish and I have a ramp at our back door and we park in the back yard (trust me, it’s easier that way) and every once in a while I fall on it.

A week ago as of this post I fell again. This time onto by back landing on my bag which had like 3 books and a computer in it as well as several pens in a bag and more. Amazingly all the materials in the bag were safe and still work. I wasn’t super concerned with my back because I’d fallen before. This time I’m still feeling pain off and on from the fall. Depending on what I do during the day I hurt sometimes less than others. So if I miss a post know I’m working on Unexpected Moments, but I’m trying to heal as well. I’m lying in bed as I write this.

Unexpected Moments is currently on track. I have to get my writing amount in for this week, but I’m confident that I will meet my goal this week because I have been on target and want to remain as such. I have a few beta readers who are helping me with some things. That’s all for now folks. Peace and good luck in your own ventures.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

August 23, 2017 / Heather

The Plan

Very few times in life do I actually try to plan things. Why? Because usually my plans don’t come through. I’ve been very lucky with the wedding stuff lately because plans have been going correctly. Maybe it’s because I’m not the only one planning things or maybe it’s because I’m making the plans with another person or whatever, but that’s all going well.

Normally when I go about editing something I focus on how many pages per day I’d need to get done. Part of this is because I’m used to daily goals like NaNoWrwiMo’s 1667 words per day to hit 50,000 words in a month.

Unexpected Moments has 135 pages.

So if I tried going day by day with say 10 pages a day it would take me 8 days from where I’m at now to finish this round of edits.

The issue here? I know that’s not feasible for me at this point in my life. I don’t have a dedicated writing space at home anymore and with also having other things happening it’s just not in the cards. What I do have in the cards currently is time where I can sit down and work on things at least 2 days a week in 3 segments. 2 one day and 1 the other day.

So rather than essentially kill myself with stress with an unreachable goal from the start I’m going to do the smart and healthy thing for myself.

I’m taking those 3 segments a week and putting just those to my editing. I’m doing 15 pages a week as my goal rather than 10 a day. Does this stretch my completion time out? Yes, BUT it also becomes something I know I can set aside time for without it being a major issue and while still letting me have time for family, friends, Catfish, and whatever else needs my time.

So during one segment of writing time I try to get 5 pages done. During 3 segments a week that means 15 pages. That’s not hard. It does mean that it’s going to take me This week as well as 4 more. That leaves me enough time to have someone read through it while I work on planning for NaNo and then write for NaNo.

So I will be able to finish this round of edits and let my Alpha/Beta readers have at it, do NaNoWriMo, and then after NaNo get back to this novel since it will have then been out of my head and visual space for a while.

This is the goal. We shall see how well this goes. This week is not going so productively for the novel, sadly. Part of that due to recovering from a cold and part of it due to a computer that was being a pain in my butt making what I was doing take 7 times longer than it should have. Peace all.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

 

August 16, 2017 / Heather

Currently…

Reading: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware. I love her writing. Dark, mysterious… The narrator for the audiobook is also wonderful. She narrates all three of the books that Ruth Ware has written. I’m looking forward to more books by Ruth Ware, but I’m not sure when the next one will be because she just released one this year and I don’t know what her release schedule is like. I’m eager. I’m excited. I’m looking forward to books! New writer to love, folks. Her chapters are also short (not quite James Patterson short, but short) so that makes it easy to read her books if you don’t always have much time. Chapter here, chapter there… But you don’t want to read just a chapter at a time. You’re more likely to just keep reading because you want to know what happens next.

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Writing: Well, I’m currently writing this blog post. Ha ha!

No, seriously, I’m not working on anything new right now besides working on a schedule, working on edits for Unexpected Moments, and working on thoughts about a new novel. I’m writing more poetry off and on because I want to finish my current notebook and start on a new one. I’m going to try going back to the old composition notebooks. I kind of miss those and it gives me more space to write in.

I’m really enjoying using Google Docs to edit. I’m likely going to use that to write my NaNoWriMo novel in this year. Kind of excited. I’m thinking not changing between Word and Docs is going to be a little easier for me.

Listening: To the audiobook for the above mentioned book (if you hadn’t guessed). After that I’m going to be listening to The Gunslinger by Stephen King After that it’s going to be The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson. I’m not really sure about this one though. We’ll see when I get to it. I did recently listen to Crazy House by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet which was utterly brilliant. If you get a chance, READ IT!!! It’s exciting, thrilling, mysterious, painful, and draws you in like you wouldn’t believe. I left my hard copy with my best friend before I left her house because the thing is so damn good she’s got to read it when she gets a chance. And I’m pretty notorious about leaving her books that she needs to read. “Hey I’m throwing this book at you because you need to read it.” is something pretty common between the two of us.

Have a good one folks. I’m looking forward to getting some writing in here. We’ll see how much I actually get done because I got home later than expected. *sigh* Peace.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

August 9, 2017 / Heather

Player Ready

So, I’ve been listening to an audiobook lately. Not that that’s anything new to begin with, but the book I’m listening to isn’t something I’d probably have picked up on my own.

RPO

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

Like I said, not something I would normally read own my own. Catfish recommended this book to me though and he’d been on me to read it for some time. Well, one night I had an extra credit on Audible and nothing that sounded good which is usually when I look at him and ask what I should use it on.

Currently as I’m writing this I’m about halfway through the book.

I started listening to it at the end of last week.

The cover is weird and it took me a long time to really take a close look at it. Wil Wheaton narrates the audiobook and he’s awesome at narration. I think I rambled enough about him in my last blog, so I won’t do that again here. ❤

I got some nice writing done last weekend and I’m hoping to get more done this weekend. We’ll see where I get before Saturday ends. Sunday I’m aiming to have as a day of rest. And I just realized that Saturday I have plans which doesn’t sound weird to some of you, but to me sounds totally bizarre. Usually my Saturday plans (when there are any) don’t happen until the evening, but I have like… Full day plans for Saturday. Luckily I have mobile versions of my story and I can play around with it. And unlimited data so YAY for that!

Back to the book.

If you’re looking for something good to read that’s got a different flavor, check this one out. The main character is relatable, especially if you’re a nerd/geek. And sorry to those who hold a hard difference between the two, but I often use them interchangeably.

Peace for now all.

~H. R. Shavor

August 2, 2017 / Heather

Unexpected Thoughts

I’ve been working on my story Unexpected Moments, and doing so has brought up some unexpected thoughts. Yeah, yeah, I know my jokes suck. Oh well!

One day I spent some time at my local library and instead of editing what I THOUGHT I was going to, I ended up deleting a number of pages and REWRITING roughly 10 PAGES then and there!

This is huge for me.

Sunday the 30th I spent the day cleaning and reading. I read through a 400 page book start to finish, read the remainder of a roughly 300 page book, and finished an audiobook that I was listening through Audible.

I know you’ve probably been force-fed Audible ads, but as I’m NOT paid or anything for promoting it maybe this will hit you differently.

The hours I work are odd and I’m lucky that I can listen to things like books or music while I work during certain things. A number of the books that I read are long so they estimate at 24 hours for listening time. One thing I like about Audible is that I don’t have to bookmark anything, it automatically keeps track. There’s a huge selection of books, and there’s always something there that I want to listen to. For less than $20.00 a month I get 1 credit, meaning I can buy one book with that credit and even return it if I don’t like it. I didn’t do a lot of listening there for a while and when there’s a holiday I don’t often do much listening because I’m not at work so I’m usually doing other things like watching TV or movies or reading a physical book. My reading schedule of sorts is really weird, I’m well aware of that.

Anyway, I’ve ended up with a few books ready to listen to so sometimes I have the issue of trying to figure out which book I want to listen to at that very moment. For instance, when I finished World War Z on Sunday I had the choice of “The Book of Life”, “In a Dark, Dark Wood”, “Ready Player One”, and “The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.”. Instead of starting a new book I continued listening to the book “The Book of Life” book 3 in the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness. It’s a decently long book and I really like the trilogy, but there are parts that aren’t as interesting as others so I feel welcome to do other things. But when I get into a book usually I keep with it. Maybe I listened to the other two books too quickly like I ended up doing with the Harry Potter series when I reread and finished it… Who knows. I don’t care either way. I’m happy listening to something. I can also sync Audible with Kindle because they’re the same information so that makes life REALLY easy when I have the Kindle format and the audiobook format so if I want to read the book instead of listen to it then it’s as easy as opening the Kindle book and waiting for it to sync itself.

Welp, back to writing Unexpected Moments for me! 😀

~Heather/Razor/Shavor